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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6 Benefits of Music for Your Recovery

Music therapy is offered at many rehabs – and listening, singing along or playing songs may even have helped you cope with early sobriety. 

Don’t turn off those tunes just yet, however. Even after rehab, the right notes can help you eat and sleep better, stress less, move more and have greater self-awareness – all important habits for overall health and lasting sobriety. 

And these are just a few of the many incredible health benefits of music; here’s a closer look at these and a few others.
  • Less fatigue. Whether rock, hip hop or jazz, upbeat music has been study-proven to boost your energy. On the flip side, calming music has been found to help a person fall asleep. 
  • Better mood. Music has been shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce stress and it can even minimize the effects of depression.
  • Healthier eating habits. Diners ate about 18 percent less and reported enjoying their food more when participants dined with jazz music playing, according to a Cornell study.
  • Anger management. The next time you feel your blood boiling after a driver cuts you off, switch on some mellow music. This will help you stay calmer and make fewer mistakes according to research published in the journal Ergonomics.
  • Increased self-awareness. One study found that listening to music helped study participants to think about themselves, who they wanted to be and give them an escape from the present. 
  • More motivation to move. Music with high-groove qualities induces movement in the listener. In other words, the right playlist can help you move no matter how much you’re dreading that workout. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

You likely already know the importance of getting your flu shot, but there are a few other lifestyle tweaks you can make to decrease your risk of getting sick this cold and flu season. 

The good news: Now that your body is rid of toxins from substance abuse, it will be a lot easier to boost your immune system and fend off germs. 

Start with these tips.
  • Don’t get lazy about laundry.  This is especially important when it comes to sheets and towels, which should be sanitized in hot water more often during cold and flu season. 
  • Crack the windows: Did you know that indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outdoor air? Letting in a little fresh air can go a long way toward chasing away these germs. 
  • Strive for solid shut-eye. Lack of sleep leads to low immunity, so it's super important to get in those seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Remember: Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on weekends. 
  • Make more effort to move. Regular exercise won’t kill germs but it may cut down on the number of sick days due to colds or sore throats, according to experts at American Council on Exercise. 
  • Say no to processed foods. Foods high in fats, salt and sugar can suppress your immune system, making it that much harder to fend off any germs this cold and flu season. Instead, load up on fall superfoods like kale, sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkin. 
  • Keep stress at bay. Whether mediation, yoga or deep breathing, making relaxation strategies part of your day to day can help manage stress, which has been study-proven to ravage the immune system.
Stay Well Year-Round
Learning to make healthy choices is a key element of the sober living program at Haus Recovery. During your stay, you will learn to maintain your abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy-Hour Alternatives for Connecting With Coworkers

For those in recovery, happy hour with work friends is more like horror hour – and a major threat to your hard-won sobriety. While you want to stay social, you also need to do what’s best for your recovery – so what’s your option? 

Why not get a little creative: You connect with your coworkers and shake off stress by participating in one (or more) of the following sober activities: 
  • Join an adult sports league. From soccer to softball to bowling, a social sports league is the perfect way to bond with colleagues, work on team-building skills and squeeze in a workout. 
  • Start a meditation group. Talk to your employer about using the conference room after-hours or search for a local yoga or meditation studio. Many studios offer “happy hour” classes as an alternative to heading to the bar. 
  • Get artistic. Gather a group of coworkers and head to your local art gallery or museum. Many venues are open late at least one evening during the week. Or, meet up and make your own art. A bit of creativity is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work. 
  • Host a book club. We’ve talked before about the many health benefits of reading – stress management, improved sleep, enhanced concentration, for example – and forming a book club is a great way to help you read more. Just think: If you meet with coworkers once a month, that’s 12 books you can check off your list each year.
Employment Help at HAUS
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inding and keeping a job, and making a contribution to society, is a pillar of recovery. After all, accountability and being self-supporting are vital steps to the reintegration process. Our staff will assist you with resume building and more. To learn about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fun and Sober Activities for Fall

Fall is officially here and there's a host of fun and sober activities to enjoy in sunny Southern California. Of course, you can still enjoy the best beaches around come October, but there are more autumn-inspired things to do, too. 

Here are a few ideas: 
  • Enjoy the foliage. Whether you visit a nearby garden or go for a hike at a local mountain, there are plenty of spots to soak up nature and admire the vibrant colors of fall. 
  • Arrange an apple picking day. East coasters aren’t the only ones who can get their fill of apples this season; there are plenty of apple picking spots around Los Angeles. 
  • Play in a pumpkin patch: Head out with some friends or family members and pick that perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern. Many pumpkin patches will have petting zoos and haunted mazes, too.
  • Go camping. Fall means fewer bugs, less crowded campgrounds and cooler temperatures perfect for cozying up by the campfire. Or, check out a nearby glamping (short for glamorous camping) destination where you get the best of both worlds – a back-to-nature break from daily life without a sore back or mosquito bites.
  • Head to the farmer’s market. Tis the season of pumpkin spice everything – and don’t forget apples, sweet potatoes, squash and figs. Added bonus: Many of these foods are packed with essential vitamins to help restore your body and mind from the damage of alcohol or substance abuse. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

4 Ways to Celebrate Your Recovery

Whether you measure your sobriety in days, weeks, months or years, these milestones are definitely worth celebrating. In fact, taking time to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to lasting recovery is a great way to stay motivated. Here are some fun and sober ideas to help you celebrate your sobriety milestones. 

  1. Get together with loved ones. Spending quality time with those closest to you is the perfect way to celebrate your recovery and thank friends and family who have supported you along the way. It can be simple. Arrange a movie night or potluck dinner or afternoon in the park with snacks and Frisbee.
  2. Participate in recovery events. September happens to be Recovery Month and there are plenty of in-person and online events going on. Visit Recoverymonth.gov to find an event near you. Celebrating your recovery with others in the community can also help to secure your sobriety as you develop a wider network of supporters. 
  3. Volunteer. If you’re uncomfortable with a celebration that focuses solely on you, then why not reward yourself by giving back to others. After all, helping others feels good. Look up volunteer opportunities in your local newspaper – from community gardens to animal care, you’re sure to find a worthy cause that piques your interest.
  4. Reward and enrich yourself. A smart way to celebrate your recovery is to reward yourself by doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Now is your chance, for example, to enroll in that photography class or to visit a new nearby city. Treat yourself – you’ve definitely earned it!
Recovery Activities at Haus Recovery
At Haus Recovery, we’ll help open you up to new experiences and joys as you embrace your new sober life. Sobriety is the beginning of a fun, fulfilling and lifelong adventure. To learn more, call today: 888-555-4715.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tips for a Successful First Semester

As you approach a new school year, keep in mind the following tips to start off the semester and safeguard your sobriety:
  • Create a plan to handle stress. Back to school can bring with it added academic pressure and stress, which could easily spell relapse if you don’t have a plan in place. Start by identifying some key coping strategies that have worked for you in the past, whether deep breathing, meditation, yoga or a walk outside. Along these lines, you’ll likely need to utilize some of the time management strategies you learned during early recovery.
  • Make a productive workspace. Take time to arrange your desk or work area so you can stay organized and focused. And don’t forget to add something beautiful, calming or inspiring – like flowers, plants or a scented candle.  
  • Prioritize self-care. Be careful not to let college interfere with your self-care, which is critical to long-term sobriety. Beyond the basics – sleeping well, eating right, exercising – be sure to nurture your emotional and spiritual health, too. This could be as simple as making time each week to do something you love. Bonus: Studies show that people who practice self-care are more productive at school and in addiction treatment. 
  • Celebrate your successes. You should be proud of yourself for getting sober and going back to school – this is a big deal and you deserve to pat yourself on the back! 
Colleges Near Santa Monica 
If you’re interested in going back to school, there are numerous community and junior colleges within 25 miles of Santa Monica, including: 
  • Santa Monica College
  • West Los Angeles College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • El Camino Community College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College 
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Glendale Community College
  • East Lost Angeles College
  • El Camino College Compton Center
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Pasadena City College 
  • Cerritos College
  • Long Beach City College
Make the Most of Our Mentors
Don't be afraid to ask for help or to talk to fellow residents about any stumbling blocks as you head back to school. A built-in support system is one of the many advantages of the mentoring program at HAUS. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Develop Emotional Intelligence in Recovery

A big part of building a sober life is being able to recognize and regulate your own emotions, while also empathizing with others – and this, in a nutshell, is having emotional intelligence (EQ). 

EQ can help you better manage relationships (leading to a strong support system) and reduce stress and anxiety (both common relapse triggers). What’s more, EQ can help you as you reenter the workplace. 

The good news is that EQ can be developed with practice – and you can start today! 
  • Take time to reflect. Jot down your strengths, weaknesses, triggers, values, goals, etc. Doing this regularly will make you more familiar with you and, in turn, better able to regulate your emotions. 
  • Make a point to be mindful. Learning to observe your thoughts and feelings, without judgment, will decrease the odds of your being unknowingly sideswiped by any negative emotions.
  • Practice not reacting. Part of having a high EQ is learning to respond (not react) to situations. Make an effort to slow down and ask yourself: “Why am I feeling/doing this?” This will help you develop emotional regulation. 
  • Take a walk in someone’s shoes. Emotionally intelligent people are skilled in empathy. Make an effort to walk in the shoes of someone else or to really imagine how you would feel in a given situation. Being empathetic helps you connect more strongly with others and can even teach you more about you. 
  • Celebrate optimism. You likely know the power of positivity and you can add better relationships and greater resilience against negative emotions to the list. Plus, the more you pay attention to positive emotions, the more likely they’ll resurface as a result. Practicing gratitude and journaling are great activities to help you see the bright side of life. 
Sober Living Support
At Haus Recovery, we offer the support needed to maintain abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.